Friday, March 25, 2011

Britney Spears - Femme Fatale (REVIEW by DAILYMAIL)

Femme Fatale isn’t an outright triumph. Britney’s natural voice, thanks to her Southern roots, has an appealing, homespun twang.

Here, it is so distorted by auto-tune and other pieces of studio trickery that its distinctive, raspy quality has all but vanished. Spears might not be able to showboat in the manner of Aguilera or Beyoncé, but she has a stronger vocal signature than she displays here. Some of the lyrics, too, are embarrassing. In trying to compete with pop’s other good-girls-gone-bad, Britney delivers some cringe-inducing double entendres.

‘If I said I wanted your body, would you hold it against me?’ she coos on Hold It Against Me. Groucho Marx and the Bellamy Brothers have a lot to answer for.

But there are plenty of positives. Recent single Till The World Ends is catchy and infectious, its syncopated hooks typical of its co-writer, Ke$ha.

Elsewhere, Madonna’s Confessions On A Dance Floor provides an obvious template for the synth-driven Inside Out.

Considering that Spears has declared herself a huge fan of the Black Eyed Peas, Will.I.Am’s Big Fat Bass is a big fat disappointment. Opening with the title phrase repeated over and over again, it is a characterless, Euro-influenced club workout that even her producer’s animated rap fails to salvage.

How I Roll and Trip To Your Heart, both produced by Bloodshy, are better — the first a stripped-down techno number, the second a swooning electro-pop track — while the Fraser T. Smith-produced Trouble For Me also stands out.

Just where this leaves Britney remains to be seen. Her singles no longer storm into the upper reaches of the charts, but she is a trouper who can still fill the world’s biggest arenas despite those lingering doubts as to the authenticity of her live vocals.

With so many of her original peers having stumbled, Femme Fatale at least keeps Spears in the reckoning. In heading so determinedly for the dance floor, she has freshened up her sound. The fact that she has also rekindled some of her old pizzazz is a bonus.

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For me, i gave this album 3.5/5. It's Britney Bitch!

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